US election 2016: Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

US election 2016: Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton
July 13 06:05 2016

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary
Clinton has received an endorsement from her former rival
Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential
candidate appeared with Mrs Clinton at a campaign event in
New Hampshire.
Mrs Clinton and Mr Sanders have been negotiating since
she all but guaranteed the nomination in June.

Mr Sanders hopes to have a large influence on the
Democratic platform.
”She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I
intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the
next president of the United States,” he said.
”This campaign is about the needs of the American people
and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And
there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into
November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best
candidate to do that.”
Some Sanders supporters booed at the joint rally and Mr
Sanders appeared to motion them to stop. At the end of Mrs
Clinton’s remarks, the two shared a hug and smiled.

Analysis – Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America
Reporter
Bernie Sanders – a man who would probably talk about
income inequality and Wall Street corruption during a
wedding toast – wrapped an endorsement of Hillary Clinton
into his standard campaign stump speech on Tuesday.
His usual lines about minimum wage increases, rebuilding
infrastructure, affordable college education, healthcare
reform and increased environmental protection were simply
prefaced by “Hillary Clinton understands” and “Hillary
Clinton knows”.
Mr Sanders also asserted that his “revolution” will go on and
that he will work to ensure that his success in pushing the
Democratic Party platform to the left is reflected in the
actions of Democratic officeholders going forward.

But Mrs Clinton got what she needed out of the event – an
acknowledgment of her victory, a direct endorsement, a call
for unity to defeat Republican Donald Trump, and a speech-
ending hug between former adversaries.
There will continue to be some holdouts among Sanders
supporters – a few walked out of the event early and at one
point the Vermont senator motioned from the stage to quiet
the angry shouts of a protestor – but New Hampshire’s
sometimes awkward political embrace and the prospect of a
Trump presidency should assure Democratic cohesion at
least until the November general election.
Mr Sanders defeated Mrs Clinton in New Hampshire’s
primary contest in February.
”Thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice,” said Mrs
Clinton, and credited Mr Sanders for bringing new
Americans into the political process.
”I’m proud to be fighting behind you… it’s a time for all of us
to stand together.”

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She spoke about student debt, Wall Street, raising the
minimum wage, the US tax code, reforming policing,
strengthening the middle class, climate change, health care
and reducing gun violence.
His supporters have largely decided to support Mrs Clinton
in an effort to stop presumptive Republican nominee Donald
Trump from winning the White House.

Mr Sanders stayed in the Democratic race far longer than
many expected, for weeks after it became clear he would
not secure the delegates needed to win the nomination.
He has pressed Mrs Clinton to support his views on higher
education, health care and the minimum wage.
”It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a
number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been
about. That’s what democracy is about,” said Mr Sanders.
”But I am happy to tell you that… there was a significant
coming together between the two campaigns and we
produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the
history of the Democratic Party.”
Mr Trump, who has been trying to court Sanders supporters,
wrote in a tweet that Mr Sanders has “totally sold out to
Crooked Hillary Clinton. Fans angry!”
”The candidate who ran against special interests is
endorsing the candidate who embodies special interests,”
his campaign said in a release.

(BBC News)